When organising a move, there is a multitude of tasks to tackle. Usually, eco-friendliness is not high on the list of priorities, if present at all. This is a shame, because it doesn’t take much of your time and money to make the transition both smooth and green. Besides, dragging all your earthly possessions to a new location goes pretty hard on the Mother Nature. Just take into account the fuel you need to consume, and the amount of stuff you are going to toss. It all adds up quickly, so let’s come up with a plan to mitigate the negative effects and diminish the carbon footprint.
Reduce, reuse, recycle
One of the main objectives is to reduce the amount of resources spent and waste generated during the move. This is something that has a positive effect on the planet, but also your budget. So, instead of just getting rid of stuff and sending it to the landfill, try to recycle and repurpose it. In this day and age, everything from old electronics and batteries to doors and flooring can be recycled. Simply take them to specialized centers. Also, note that you can donate everything you no longer need. There should be many charities willing to come and pick up things, especially if they amount to a larger donation.
Packing the green way
Take your time to figure out the packing schedule, and tool up! Ditch the bubble wrap, tape, and packing peanuts. Instead, take advantage of hard, reusable plastic containers and storage boxes. They are a more sustainable solution, and also serve as nice storage units once the move is complete. Along the same lines, make good use of items you already have. For example, bear in mind that you can utilize towels and blankets to protect your belongings. Moreover, it is possible to find a returnable box service, so that you do not end up with a pile of plastic clutter.
Organizing the logistics is one of the most pressing matters. You should strive to minimize delays and waste during the whole process. Pay attention to time management and fuel economy. If you want to ensure everything runs like clockwork, do your research and find a trusted, local provider. For instance, these removalists from Northern Beaches work with customers every step of the way and help them come up with the most efficient action plan. You can also try to hire a company that uses low-emission trucks, recycled storage, and other sustainable products.
A clean slate
Mind your approach to cleaning the old home. We tend to use too many harsh chemical cleaners that bring toxins and carcinogens into our life. Well, this is simply unacceptable and poses a great health risk. What is more, we have various natural alternatives available: lemon, baking soda, vinegar, and ammonia. In combination with water, they can make short work of all dirty surfaces and allow you to witness the environmentally-friendly sparkle. Try to be a more conscious consumer. Continue with your green practices in your new abode as well.
Turn a new leaf
I know that there are many moving parts at play here, but do not overlook the environmental impact of your move. A low-impact replication requires quite a bit of planning, but as you have seen, it is more than worth it. So, take active measures to make your move as green as possible. Recycle, repurpose, and donate the excess stuff. Avoid producing waste and carbon emissions. Handle packing and transportation with energy-efficiency and sustainability in mind. Finally, do not let it stop there. Commit to building a new eco-friendly lifestyle in your new home. Get yourself a fresh do-over.
Guest post by Lillian Connors
About the Author
Lillian Connors can’t resist the urge to embark on a myriad of green living/home improvement projects and spread the word about them. She cherishes the notion that sustainable housing and gardening will not only make us far less dependent on others regarding the dwellings we inhabit, but also contribute to our planet being a better place to live on. You can check her out on Twitter and LinkedIn.
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